Kingsbridge RFC U16’s 10 v Ivybridge RFC U16’s 15

Another local derby for the teams last game in the Junior section and it was the hum dinger we all expected.

The two teams familiarity means it has become a testosterone filled chess game trying to unpick each other’s defence’s. The lighter Kings forwards led by Ben Woods at Hooker were determined to give no quarter and the pack played brilliantly. Seasons most improved player Petroc Brown won plenty of line out and Sid Niblett rampaging runs supported by Harry Way and Jordan Perring helped spice up a pulsating game.

Lewis Dustan playing in the back row had an outstanding tackling game nullifying Ivy’s athletic number 8 but the backs could not withstand the clever passing that created a two try lead. As the game opened up fantastic distribution from James Tait and recycled ball was eventually put out to Sam West to score in the corner. A mighty touchline conversion from Will Throgmorton closed the gap before half time.

Kings started the second half with gusto and Devon Jewsbury with Ollie Wotton in the centre punched holes forward until a penalty was awarded which Will duly kicked to even the scores. Fair play to Ivy as yet again the backs conjured up a try to get a lead. The hard ground and committed tackling took their toll as Dan Tucker and Joe Dixon were forced to leave the field. Replacements Max Howard and Otis Sands-Davis slotted straight in to hold the line. Despite great counter attacking from Louis Chapman and Sam Jones Kings could not get another score and the game ended with a single score margin.

They started as tiny 6 year olds and leave as nearly grown men, great mates with heads held high but fewer eyebrows.

A pleasure for all the coaching and supporting parents to work with and support, a credit to the club and town.